Springfield Township High School

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Springfield Township High School
Springfield Township High School Seal.JPG
Address
1801 E. Paper Mill Road
Erdenheim, Pennsylvania, 19038
United States
Information
School type Public high school
Established 1924
School district Springfield Township School District
Principal Dr. Charles E. Rittenhouse
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 775 [1]
Campus type Suburban
Color(s) Blue and Steel          
Mascot [Spartan]
Publication The Chronicle
Yearbook Retina
Information 215-233-6030
Website

Springfield Township High School (commonly STHS) is a public high school serving grades 9-12. The school serves Springfield Township, Pennsylvania and is the sole high school of the Springfield Township School District.

History[edit]

In 1922, Springfield Township planned to construct a high school to serve both juniors and seniors in the area. The original high school was completed in 1924, built at Hillcrest Pond, the former site of White City amusement park. Although expanded several times in the 1930's and 40's, the township needed to construct a bigger high school to meet the demands of the growing township. The old high school building served as Hillcrest Junior High, and is now home to Phil-Mont Christian Academy. The current High School, located at 1801 Paper Mill Rd. was built in 1954 with the first class graduating in 1955. Often during this time, students from surrounding townships that had yet to establish school districts would also attend the high school, with class size swelling to numbers upwards of 300 students in the 1960's. The current high school has also gone through many additions, including the addition of a natatorium, expanded gymnasium, an extra wing of classrooms, and the Jay Freeze Memorial Lobby. The high school went under extensive renovation starting in 1999, which also included the renovation of Spartan Stadium, and the construction of a field house. In 1995, to ease crowding in the elementary schools, 8th grade was moved to the high school. On October 20, 2009 the School Board approved a restructuring plan that relocated 8th grade to the middle school leaving grades 9-12 in the high school. [note 1] This move became effective for the 2010-2011 school year.

Academics[edit]

The school offers fourteen Advanced Placement exams and the opportunity to earn college credit from Penn State University and Montgomery County Community College.[1]

The students take three or four 90 minutes classes in the school's intensive block scheduling program.[1]

The school's library has received several awards, including best high school library website.

Springfield Township High School has also been a pioneer in developing a national computer science curriculum for high school students. The school took part in the creation of the AP Computer Science Principles program, as well as maintaining a computer science graduation requirement for all students.

In 2009, 93% of the graduating students continued on the higher education, 77% to four-year programs and 16% to two-year programs. Springfield students averaged a 1628 on the SAT I (out of a possible 2400), and outscored the national average by more than 20 points in each of the three sections.[note 2][1]

Athletics[edit]

Springfield Township High School is a AA member of the PIAA District One. The school has also been a member of the historic Suburban One League since 1969, participating in the American Conference. Springfield briefly left Suburban One in the 2010-2011 school year for the Bicentennial League, hoping to gain a more competitive edge in football, but quickly returned to Suburban One for the 2012-2013 school year. Springfield has had strong athletic performance, winning many league titles, and individual state titles.

Championships since 1986
Sport Year
Baseball 1997
Track & Field (M) 2002
Field Hockey 1991, 1992, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2007
Basketball (W) 1992
Lacrosse (W) 1993, 2002, 2003, 2005
Track & Field (W) 1999
Golf 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1998, 2000
Softball 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1998, 1999

Springfield also has two individual state championships. 1999 state Cross Country champion Tim Carroll and 2000 state Tennis Singles champion John Sabia. [1]

The current football coach for the Spartans is Chris Shelly, teacher at the high school and Springfield alum.

Press[edit]

In 2009, Philadelphia Magazine ranked Springfield Township High School #16 in their list, "The Top Public High Schools 2009" which ranks "the region’s best performers."[2]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Meeting Minutes
  2. ^ Springfield students outscored the National Average by 24 points in Mathematics, 47 in Writing, and 48 in Critical Reading.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d http://www.sdst.org/pdf/09_hs_profile.pdf
  2. ^ http://www.phillymag.com/philly/public_schools_2009

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°06′10″N 75°11′49″W / 40.1029°N 75.1969°W / 40.1029; -75.1969